Wednesday, November 25, 2009

T-Day preparation

Ok, let me first get this off my chest. I dislike hearing the holiday called Turkey Day. It's THANKSGIVING Day. To those who do call it that, I say " can't you even take one day to acknowledge that we should give thanks for what we have ?" Americans have been blessed with so much. As Bill O'Reily said, tongue in cheek " if you're religious give thanks to the Lord, and if not, to the solstice". Yes, we should give thanks to the Lord for all He has done for us. My heart sings, "All I have needed, His hand has provided" . At our table tomorrow, my husband will thank God not only for the food on the table but for many other blessings. Even if you don't thank God for these things, how about acknowledging those who make this American life possible. Perhaps, the farmers who grow and raised the food on our table or our men and women in uniform (military and first responders), or the fathers (and mothers) or this great nation, who followed a dream, who paid a price for the freedom to worship God as we see fit, for the freedom to use our intellect and the strength of our back to build a better life for us and our children, and to have a say in our government.

Today - This is my to do list .
- tweak menu
a call Hal with Details about our invitation to dinner
a clean out pantry
a make poolish for bread
a make pie dough
a make dough for pumpkin doughnuts
a make cranberry sauce
a make Jello
a Clean out Fridge
- wash kitchen floor
a clean out back room
a clean out mudroom & wash walls & floor
a wash crystal & good china, wipe down china cabinet
a buy corn starch, cheese, crackers, cider, eggnog and wine
a clean 2 bathrooms
- clean up my upstairs "anteroom"
a clean up office
a Clean up the Den
- Vacuum Downstairs
a Vacuum steps
- clean up yard
- Check propane supply for Frying Turkey
- Check to see if Turkey is thawed
- e-mail sibs and family Thanksgiving cards

Now I know this seems like a LONG list, however some (much) of these will be delegated to my Dear husband and the darling children. Although they are no longer little, I still sometimes call them the "kid-lets".

BASIC WHOLE CRANBERRY SAUCE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups (1 12-oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Optional Pecans, orange peel, raisins, currants, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.

PREPARATION

1 Wash and pick over cranberries. In a saucepan bring to a boil water and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cranberries, return to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes or until cranberries burst.

2 At this point you can add all number of optional ingredients. We typically mix in a half a cup of roughly chopped pecans with or without a few strips of orange peel. You can add a cup of raisins or currants. You can add up to a pint of fresh or frozen blueberries for added sweetness. Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice can be added too.

3 Remove from heat. Cool completely at room temperature and then chill in refrigerator. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Cranberry sauce base makes about 1 cup.


WHOLE CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH ROSEMARY

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups (1 12-oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
  • PREPARATION

    1 Wash and pick over cranberries. In a saucepan bring to a boil water and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cranberries, return to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes or until cranberries burst.

    2 At this point you can add rosemary.

    3 Remove from heat. Cool completely at room temperature and then chill in refrigerator. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

    Cranberry sauce base makes about 1 cup.

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